Pershore Patty meets partner and buyer Christine Hope at Hopes of Longtown to ask a few personal questions and for a general nose.
Tell me a little bit about how you came to own or work in your business.
I came home from travelling Australia and New Zealand after Uni, to no longer have a village shop, I needed a job and wanted to do Rural Development work so with my parents we reopened the village shop.
What achievements, awards or accolades are you proud of?
We received the Rural Action award from the BiTC in 2004, the Royal Albert Hall and HRH was a very special moment and I didn’t believe we had won.
Any news announcements, or events that you’d like new and existing customers to be aware of?
Thrilled for three years in a row be listed in the top 100 independent retailers.
What makes your business unique?
Our fab customers, who wanted a unique village shop so they supported it and asked for products not on the shelves.
Favourite restaurant to visit if you get a night off?
The Temple Bar Inn in Ewyas Harold as I get to see my brother too.
Last thing you watched on TV?
Greatest `Showman sing a long my daughter loves it.
Which person in your life do you most admire and why?
My other half, he runs his own engineering business and explains technical detail to me as an equal!
What was the last gift you gave someone?
Hand knitted yellow and white baby cardigan with bunny buttons sent to dear friends.
What’s your favourite smell in the whole world?
Pheasant Eye daffodils.
What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?
Who would you want to cook your last meal on earth, and why?
My family to spend just a bit more time with them.
What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
umm eek ahh eating with their mouth open.
If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Chips, fresh bread and apples.
What’s your claim to fame?
I came 4th in the world for Tug of war representing Wales so it always makes me giggle that at one point in my life I was an international athlete,
Which food & drink business (other than your own) do you wish you had created?
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Measure twice, cut once.
If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?
At home with the fire lit and a glass of whisky.
What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?
We got shortlisted for an IAA Customer Service award and shortlisted for Thank you for entering the Best Small Shops Competition 2018, we are pleased to let you know that your business has made the final shortlist as one of the best 25 entries in the UK.
Name a product or service you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson.
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
A business owner.
What is the perfect combination of pizza toppings?
Lots of any.
What was the worst job you ever held and why?
Never had a bad job, only bad line managers.
What was the last thing you ate?
Pulled Pork Slice.
Favourite cut of steak?
What website do you visit most often?
XERO for our accounts.
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
Breathe, just not sure how I actually do it!
What do you hope never changes?
Individuals wanting to make change for the better of everyone.
Any finally a question from those who are married to you…When are you coming home?
In an hour ish xx
Award winning village store Hopes of Longtown is not your average local shop. The family run business cares about its surrounding community, sourcing produce and household goods from local suppliers for customers to enjoy. A map inside the shop shows all of the producers they stock and are all within a 30 mile radius – when they say local at Hopes of Longtown, they mean local! You can show your support too by using #ShopLocal30 to show that you too are proud to support local.
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